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The August Issue of Global Dialogue Magazine is Out in 17 Languages

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 19:55..
The August 2020 issue of Global Dialogue, the International Sociological Association's (ISA) open access digital magazine published in 17 languages, has been released. The Managing Editor of the magazine in Russia is Elena Zdravomyslova, Co-Director of the Gender Studies Program, Professor of Sociology at the European University in Saint Petersburg, with the participation of Anastasia Daur and Valentina Isaeva.

EUSP Professor of Public Health and Gender Tells the New York Times about “The Virus Diaries” Initiative

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 18:55..
The New York Times newspaper published an article about how people around the world start keeping their diaries with their experiences of living through a pandemic. Their diaries are told in words and pictures: pantry inventories, window views, questions about the future, concerns about the present. Some diarists record statistics: the number of infections, the number of deaths. Others keep diaries that are part shopping list, part doodle pad.

ARE WOMEN’S RIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS? Russia, Turkey and the European Court of Human Rights

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:09..
Women in Russia and Turkey face pervasive discrimination. Only a small percentage dare to challenge their mistreatment in court. Facing domestic police and judges who often refuse to recognize discrimination, a tiny minority of activists have exhausted their domestic appeals and then turned to their last hope: the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The ECtHR is widely regarded as the most effective international human rights court in existence. Russian citizens whose rights have been violated at home have brought tens of thousands of cases to the ECtHR in the last 20 years.

SEXUAL REVOLUTION? Sex education and political reforms in Sweden in the 20th century

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 13:42..
In Sweden in the 1930´s, legislation was introduced to promote access to contraceptives and abortion. It was followed by a decrimininalization of homosexual contacts, and the introduction of sexuality education in schools. Critical voices in Sweden and in other countries could describe these reforms as a sexual revolution from above, governed by the state.

WHO DESIRES FEMALE DESIRE? Cultural assumptions underlying female sexual interest disorder

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:27..
After the great success of Viagra, pharmaceutical companies have set a new goal: the "female Viagra", i.e. a pill for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), the most commonly diagnosed female sexual dysfunction. Each subsequent proposal for the treatment of low desire showed the process of disease mongering in all its glory and simultaneous attempts to strengthen the hypotheses about its biological basis: depending of the drug manufacturer HSDD was supposed to be due to androgen deficiency, disordered pelvic blood circulation, or neurotransmitters imbalance.


Mon, 05/14/2018 - 17:08..
Since his rise to power in 1999, Vladimir Putin has crafted a public persona whose appeal relies on a clearly constructed larger-than-life masculinity. Perceived by some as the return of charismatic leadership to post-Soviet Russia and by others as pure camp, Putin’s masculinity functions as the cornerstone of a gender order that paradoxically seeks to naturalize the binary opposition between male and female through artifice and exaggeration.

GENDER, RIGHTS AND ADOLESCENT AGENCY: Some Reflections from Recent Research

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 15:31..
For many years Jacqueline Bhabha has worked on issues of human rights and migration with a focus on gender and child related challenges; over the last decade she has also done research on economic and social rights, particularly focused on preventing harms such as exploitation, exclusion and violence that so often trigger migration and the vulnerabilities that result.

VDNH-9: Experts in Sexuality: Scientific, Legal, Everyday, and Economic Conceptions of Sex

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 22:57..
On November 14th, the session “Experts in Sexuality: Scientific, Legal, Everyday, and Economic Versions of Sex” was held as part of the VDNH-9 conference. Participants discussed discourses of power that form knowledge about sexuality in contemporary society.

Birth Control and Family Production in the Name of the Nation: Russian Demography and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:14..
On April 15th, Michele Rivkin-Fish (Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) gave a lecture as part of an interdisciplinary seminar hosted by the EUSP’s Gender Studies Program and the Department of Political Science and Sociology.

Care: A Useful Category for Social Analysis

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:09..
On December 23, as part of the interdisciplinary seminar “Care Regimes for the Aging Citizens” and the EUSP Department of Political Science and Sociology’s Gender Studies Program, Zhanna Chernova (Doctor of Sociology, Higher School of Economics-St. Petersburg) delivered a lecture. Researchers began to take an interest in issues of care in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was seen primarily in the context of parenting. This talk discusses three approaches to conceptualizing care that have been established in scientific literature.

"Social Norms and Life Satisfaction. The Role of Women in Family and Society"

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:07..
This seminar was organized by Osteoropa Institut (Regensburg, Germany) and Gender Studies Program (EUSP). During the meeting, participants discussed transformations of private life and gender roles that occur in contemporary Russia and Germany. They also considered the impact, which these transformations have on women’s subjective life satisfaction. In the seminar session researchers from Osteoropa Institut (Ekaterina Selezneva) and European University at St.Petersburg (Vera Galindabaeva, Ekaterina Borozdina) presented findings of their recent projects.